Are you getting ready for a skiing adventure in Chamonix? Nestled in the heart of the French Alps, Chamonix is a paradise for snow enthusiasts, renowned for its breath-taking slopes with astounding views, as well as loads of activities besides skiing. To ensure you make the most of your trip, it’s crucial to pack wisely. Have a look at Chamonix All Year’s ultimate packing guide for a ski holiday in Chamonix.

Travel documents

Ensure you have all necessary travel documents including your passport, insurance details, and itinerary. It’s always a good idea to have digital copies stored on your phone or email as a backup. The same goes for your resort transfer details, for getting from Geneva airport to Chamonix. In collaboration with Chamonix Valley Transfers, we offer a reliable, friendly, door-to-door service at very competitive prices. Experienced English-speaking drivers who are familiar with Chamonix, the location of our properties and fully competent in winter driving conditions too.

Ski clothing

Chamonix’s mountain weather can be unpredictable, with temperatures ranging from -20 to 20 degrees in the sunshine. Pack appropriate ski gear including a waterproof jacket, insulated trousers, thermal base layers, ski gloves, hat, buffs, goggles and sunglasses. Opt for moisture-wicking fabrics to stay dry and comfortable on the slopes. It might be sunny in the valley, but remember most ski slopes are in high altitude over 2,000 metres. Don’t forget to check the weather forecast before you travel and adjust your packing accordingly.


You will of course need skis, poles and ski boots, or a snowboard and boots, for your holiday. Traveling with hand luggage only? No worries! Save space by renting your skiing or snowboarding equipment as most rental shops offer a wide range of high-quality gear, including skis, snowboards, boots, and helmets. Chamonix All Year offers you great savings of up to 30% on your ski equipment for your Chamonix winter holiday and guarantee your pick up location to be close to your accommodation or we will deliver to you personally. We are pleased to offer all guests our online ordering system which is quick and easy to use via our Chamonix Resort Shop, and when you book in advance you benefit from our best discount of 30%. If you want good kit and convenient locations from your accommodation, then don’t be misled by other online sites offering cheaper ski hire, as you may find you have to hike all the way across town to pick up your skis.

Ski pass

Make sure to plan your ski holiday ahead. Knowing which ski pass to buy in Chamonix can be confusing, especially if you’ve never skied here before. But don’t worry, our Chamonix Ski Passes guide to the different ski passes breaks it down to the essentials, helping you make the best choice for your skiing holiday in the valley. Chamonix is known worldwide for its amazing skiing but also that the lift system and the ski areas in Chamonix is a little different to most other ski resorts. Where you normally get on one lift and make your way through the skiable area, in Chamonix there are six separate ski areas, most of which are not connected to each other. Our Ski Areas in Chamonix Valley guide offers a breakdown of each area.

Winter accessories and casual wear

Chamonix is at 1,035 meters altitude in the Mont Blanc Massif and the high-altitude environment demands proper protection from the cold. Pack a scarf, neck warmer, hand warmers, and thick thermal socks to keep warm and cozy throughout your ski adventures. After a day on the slopes, you’ll want comfortable clothing for relaxing and exploring the charming streets of Chamonix. Pack casual attire like sweaters, jeans, and boots for après-ski activities. Don’t forget to pack swimwear if you are planning to relax and unwind in the spa after a day of skiing.

Toiletries and first aid kit

Don’t overlook essential toiletries such as sunscreen (the sun’s reflection on the snow can be intense), lip balm with SPF, moisturiser, and any personal hygiene items you may need during your stay. Accidents can happen on the slopes, so it’s wise to pack a small first aid kit with bandages, pain relievers, blister pads, and any medications you may require.


For downtime between skiing sessions, bring along books, games, or electronics to keep yourself entertained. Relaxing with a good book or enjoying a board game with friends and family can be the perfect way to unwind after an action-packed day.


Lastly, remember to pack essentials like cash (as some establishments may not accept cards), and your phone or camera to capture the breathtaking mountain views. A small backpack also comes in handy for day trips and for carrying essentials and snacks on the slopes.

From navigating the slopes to unwinding in a cosy apartment or chalet, Chamonix promises an unforgettable skiing holiday. By following this packing guide, you’ll be fully prepared to embrace the thrill of the mountains and create memories that will last a lifetime. So, pack your bags, embrace the adventure, and get ready for an experience like no other in this winter wonderland. Safe travels and happy skiing! If you looking for more inspiration, check our guide 6 Mistakes to Avoid On Your Next Ski Trip.